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Goodbye July, Hello August

Hello, I thought I’d do a little summary of last month seeing as it’s the start of a new one. Can’t believe that it’s August already, how did we get 8 months into the year?!

July, for me, was a good month; it is the month in which the school year ends and so whilst I’m usually very, very tired I’m also incredibly excited. The prospect of 6 weeks off work really does make a month speed by, this year we broke up from school on the 17th July which is the earliest it’s been for a few years. I was very sad to say goodbye to my class but we had a great last week together and I received lots of lovely gifts. I’m now 2 weeks into the summer and I am loving it. It’s so nice not having to rush about and to take time to relax and get on with all those projects I’ve been putting off.


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On the 24th July I headed up to Manchester with my boyfriend, we were off to my best friend’s wedding and I was a bridesmaid. The weekend was lovely and my friend looked amazing in her wedding dress, the location of the reception was stunning – a little bit like Hogwarts in places. I had a fab time being a bridesmaid even though my shoes were far too high to actually walk in and I had a terrible 2 day long migraine arrive in the evening spoiling the night for me. I still can’t believe my friend is married, we are becoming such grown-ups!


I couldn’t keep away from work for too long, I signed up to do a week in the Summer Holiday Scheme and accompany the students on some pretty cool trips. One of the trips was to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour so I was over the moon when I found out I was going on that trip. I’ve been to the tour twice already (blog post here) but there have been some new additions since I last went at Christmas. I donned my Hogwarts t-shirt and sat on a minibus next to a very chatty and excited student for two and a half hours until we arrived at the tour. I think the staff were more excited than the children when we got into the exhibit, and we managed to lose a couple of staff members in the first sound stage! I had an amazing day out and it was so nice to share one of my passions (Harry Potter) with the students I work with, and get to know them on another level. I will do a post with some images from the tour next week.

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Another great thing about July was spending more time with my family, especially my little brother and sister. I took Gracie to the park for about an hour and a half the other day and had a great time playing ‘Fireman Sam’ with her – she has such a vivid imagination that I thought she’d have me up a tree rescuing a ‘cat’ at one point. I also got to spend some time with my Nan which was lovely as I don’t get to see her enough any more, I slept over in the spare bed and it was just like I was living there again.

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I have been reading a lot more than I have for a long time and it’s all thanks to this book series, I picked up Rivers of London in my local charity shop for 40p last week and I’ve nearly finished it. It’s got me hooked, I think it’s the magical element to it which I’m enjoying. It is a bit like a crime version of Harry Potter for grown-ups. I’ve picked up the next book in the series for when I’m finished – hopefully it can hold my attention like the first.

So, that was July. All round it was a pretty good month, hopefully August will follow suit!

What did you get up to in July?

Do you have any plans for August?

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